Wriddhiman Saha

Wriddhiman Saha
Full name: Wriddhiman Prasanta Saha
Born/Date of Birthday: 24 October 1984
Place of Birth: Siliguri, West Bengal, India
Nickname: Flying Saha, Superman, Superman Saha, Papali
Height: 1.76 m
Spouse: Romi Saha
Children: Anvi Saha
Parents: Prasanta Saha, Maitrayee Saha
Siblings: Anirban Saha

Batting: Right-handed
Role: Wicket-keeper Batsman
International information
National side: India (2010–present)
Test debut (cap 263): 9 February 2010 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 190): 28 November 2010 v New Zealand

Domestic team information
2007–present: Bengal
2008–2010: Kolkata Knight Riders
2011–2013: Chennai Super Kings (squad no. 6)
2014–2017: Kings XI Punjab (squad no. 6)
2018–2021: Sunrisers Hyderabad

Wriddhiman Prasanta Saha (born 24 October 1984) is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Indian national cricket team and first class matches domestically for Bengal, as well as Local Tournaments for the cricket team of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club. He is also the first cricketer to score a century in an Indian Premier League final. He plays for Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League. He is a wicket-keeper batsman.

In 2017, Saha became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score centuries in home as well as outside Asia.

Saha made his Test debut in February 2010, as a specialist batsman. When he got a permanent place in the Indian Test XI as a wicket-keeper, there were arguments about his place in the backdrop of him replacing the long-serving MS Dhoni, who had scored nearly 5000 runs in Test cricket at an average nearly 40.

Saha scored his maiden Test century at St. Lucia on the tour of the Caribbean; on that occasion, India, having been put in to bat, were at 126/5. Saha combined with Ashwin, had a long partnership. India went on to win the Test He has since added two more centuries and his batting average has more than doubled. Saha's second hundred came when India was against Bangladesh.

Saha has played 23 Tests as India's designated wicket-keeper, and his numbers on the batting front compare favourably to some of India's previous wicket-keepers. In terms of runs, only Farokh Engineer (who also opened the innings), MS Dhoni, Nayan Mongia and Rishabh Pant have scored more.

Domestic career
Saha played for the Under-19s and the Under-22s team before being promoted to first-class cricket. Saha made his one-day debut in the Ranji Trophy competition of 2006/07, against Assam. He scored a duck in his debut innings in the following match. As he was nearing the end of his brief run in the Ranji Trophy, he played three one-day games for the East Zone in the Deodhar Trophy.

Saha made his first-class debut in the 2007–08 Ranji Trophy, against Hyderabad he scored 111 not out. Saha also made the East Zone team in the Duleep Trophy in the 2007–08 season.

Saha's century for Bengal on his Ranji debut landed him a contract with IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008.

Saha was named in the India A squad which played three limited overs match against the Israel Invitational XI, players made the side on the basis of his performances in the Indian Premier League. India A won the series 3–0, Saha scored an unbeaten 85 in the third match in which India chased 235. Saha also has a record of making fastest century in domestic cricket. He scored 102 runs of just 20 balls at a strike rate of 510 with 4 fours and 14 sixes in 2018.

International career
Test career
On 28 January 2010, Saha was included in the Indian Test squad as a reserve wicket-keeper in place of Dinesh Karthik for the upcoming home Test match series against South Africa.

As Saha was a reserve gloveman, he was not expected to play, but V. V. S. Laxman failed to recover from injury and Rohit Sharma, the only reserve specialist batsman in the squad, injured himself playing football in the warm-up on the first morning. As another batsman could not be flown in on time, Saha was given his Test debut against South Africa.

He scored a duck in the first innings, but he scored 36 in the second innings. In both innings, fast bowler Dale Steyn took his wicket. India lost the Test and Saha was dropped from the squad for the second Test which India subsequently won to level the two-match series.

Saha played in the fourth match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy in January 2012 in place of MS Dhoni, who was banned for slow over rate, where he made 35 runs in the first which helped Virat Kohli get his maiden Test Century.

He also toured South Africa in December 2013, New Zealand in February 2014 and England in July 2014 as part of the test squad but did not get a game.

On 9 December 2014, he was selected to play his first test match since January 2012 against Australia at the same ground where he played his last match because MS Dhoni was out with a thumb injury. He made 25 runs in the first inning and 13 runs in the second inning. He also played in the fourth match of the series and made 35 runs.

In 2015, he was selected for India's Tour of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for test matches. He scored 2 fifties in 2 test matches he played in Sri lanka. He also played in tests of Gandhi-Mandela Freedom Trophy 2015.

In 2016, he was selected for India's tour of West Indies as a wicket-keeper. In the first test against West Indies, Saha became the third wicket-keeper in Indian cricket history to feature in six dismissals in a test innings. He scored twin fifties at Eden Gardens his home ground in October 2016 to get his 1st ever man of the match. He was also selected for 5 match Test series against England in India but played only in 1st and 2nd matches and was out of rest matches of series due to injury.

He scored his 2nd test hundred against Bangladesh in one-off test in February 2017.

On 19 March 2017, Saha scored a century at JSCA International Stadium against Australia making 117 off 233 balls which include 8 fours and 1 six. India were 328/6, which was 123 behind Australia's first innings total of 451 when he came to bat and added 199 for the seventh wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara.

On 8 January 2018, against South Africa Saha became the first wicket-keeper for India to take ten catches in a single Test. Later on he got injured in that series and did not play the final match. India lost that series 2-1. He suffered a hamstring injury in South Africa but still played in the 2018 IPL and his hamstring became worse. He was not selected for 5 Test match series in India's tour of England in 2018 due to injury and he was replaced by Rishabh Pant . Pant's good performances made Saha out of team and he was not selected for India's tour of Australia in 2018-19. Later on, after recovering from injuries, he was part of India A team that Toured West Indies in 2019.

Saha played in the 3 match Test series against South Africa in India in 2019 and took many magical catches. In November 2019, in the second Test against Bangladesh, Saha became the fifth wicket-keeper for India to affect 100 dismissals in Test cricket. In January 2020, Saha was selected for 2 Test Series In New Zealand but did not play any match. In December 2020, he was selected for 4 Test Match series in Australia and played only in the first test and scored 9 in the first innings and 4 in the second innings. He was dropped for next match. He substituted Rishabh Pant in the 3rd Innings of 3rd match and helped Navdeep Saini get his first Test wicket. He stayed on the bench for the whole series against England in February–March 2021. He was selected in India's Squad for the WTC Final and India's Tour Of England 2021 but did not feature in the playing 11.

In November, 2021, Saha was selected as the first-choice wicket keeper in the two-match test series between India and New Zealand. Despite suffering a neck injury during the first test, Saha scored an unbeaten 61 runs during the second innings of the match, which earned him praise from a section of the critics.

ODI career
He made his ODI debut against New Zealand in 2010 in 5 ODIs series and played in the first 3 matches. After he scored 115 runs in the 2014 IPL final he was called to tour Bangladesh as part of the 15 man squad to 3 ODIs against Bangladesh Cricket Team but did not bat well. Same year, he was again selected to the ODI team for 5 matches team against Sri Lanka after MS Dhoni the first choice keeper and Captain was out due to a thumb injury. He played in the first 3 matches but was dropped for 4th and 5th match. Since then, he never returned to ODI Team.

Indian Premier League
Saha played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the first three sessions on IPL but in 2011 he was picked by Chennai Super Kings as a reserve wicket keeper for MS Dhoni. He also represented the Chennai Super Kings in 2012 and 2013.

In the IPL Final against Kolkata Knight Riders Saha became the first player to score a hundred in an IPL final when he made an unbeaten 115 runs from 55 balls, including 10 fours and 8 sixes. However, despite his feat, his team eventually lost the match.

In December 2018, he was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the player auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League. In 2020 season, he only played 4 matches and scored 214 run with a 70+ average including 2 brilliant half centuries as an opener of Sunrisers Hyderabad. Saha had a bad 2021 Season playing in 9 matches scoring 131 runs with an average of 14.55 and strike rate of 93.57. He was released by Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of IPL 2022 auction. In February 2022, he was bought by the Gujarat Titans in the auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League tournament.

Personal life
Early life
Wriddhiman Saha is from Siliguri and his father's name is Prasanta Saha and mother's name is Maitraiye Saha, he has a brother Anirban Saha.

In the year 2011 he married Debarati Mitra who is more known as Romi Mitra and they have a daughter Anvi Saha born in 2013 and a son Anvay Saha born in march 2020.

On 4 May 2021, Saha tested positive for COVID-19. After 2 weeks of Isolation he tested negative.

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